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live. elin. and it. was. live. live. calls engineers are set the tone for cia hopeful john brennan's confirmation hearing but obama's hand picked men seemingly spared to topple questions over drones and torture and targeted at situations. tens of thousands marched on spaces streets and made calls for the government to go after a fresh round of budget cuts or sees a spike in university fees and the end of free prescription drugs for pensioners.
tunisia could be stretched to the limits as a country gears up for more protests and even strikes on the day of the funeral of the opposition leader whose murder unleashed the new anti-government sentiment. and a draft bill in the u.k. aims to open up private online communications to the authorities but there are concerns that that's taking national security system too far. if one pm here in moscow you live with us on our with me to bomb let's say. it wasn't quite the grilling that many had predicted as president obama's pick to head the cia face the senate in his confirmation hearing the session began with taunts
and cheers before the audience was cheered out well makers and poked and prodded john brennan on themes from torture to drones but appeared to back off when push came to shove arches gannett she can now report on the questions that were enough to. what most people expected to hear was how does the u.s. government make decisions as to who should be on their kill list and mr brennan would certainly be the most appropriate person to ask because he is known to have been in charge of the kill list and he's known as the architect of the administration's targeted assassinations program so the question of who the drones are targeting was critical and one of the senators asked john brennan whether there should be at least some judicial oversight over those executions by drones and here's what he said none of those actions or to determine past guilt for those actions that he took the decisions that are made or to take action so that we prevent future action to protect american lives so the rationale that john brennan
gave for not going to court is that the administration is not in the business of punishing individuals but it's in the business of preventing attacks and he basically says the u.s. government could execute people who are what they haven't done yet and you would expect a follow up questions from lawmakers as to how the administration determines the level of threat as these people constitute let's imagine an angry yemeni man who writes in his blog bag he hates america as you can see why died in a drone strike and he wants to take revenge is that enough to justify him being killed by a drone there are so many questions about how the administration decides to put someone on their kill list and yet there was not near enough grilling on the part of the senators to gets received fifty answers prior to the hearing a memo was released which the justice department handed over to congress and according to the memo the government can kill people overseas even without evidence that they are actively plotting against the u.s. the paper states that the u.s. would be able to kill a u.s.
citizen or non-citizen overseas when asked what unquote an informed high level of social of the u.s. government determines the target is an imminent threat to them here for also suggest that such decisions would not be subject to judicial review and outlines a broad definition of what constitutes imminent threat. at the very beginning of the hearing as john brennan was delivering his remarks he was interrupted five times or so by protesters who stood up and express these shouted out rather their opposition to those executions senators had to take a recess for for the protesters to be removed from the hearing and these protests are. to drone strikes kill innocent people as well not just suspected terrorists everybody expected tough questions on drones but that did not happen john brennan got away with very broad answers like the program is saving lives and that you should take the administration's word for it. a private hearing now
a way to jump brennan when ordered to iron out technicalities given his performance at the senate activists and author david swanson a surprise he was nominated in the first place. someone who was deemed unacceptable four years free v.s.p. close of his involvement in torture and rendition is now acceptable because he engages in a program of murder and the goodness of the murder outweighs the bad list of the torture recent poll found that well only twenty four percent of americans support killing americans with drones eighty three percent support killing non americans with drones there is a clear bias you can do the math and see what percentage of americans are bigots were i dragged before us court charged with mass murder i could not say your honor i am a member was drafted explaining why this is ok and a president should not be able to do that either but that seems to be where the debate is going on. the last week has seen near three major confirmation hearings
with the senate ranging from peppering to hostility on our website we've got more on how the three candidates might change america's foreign policy. tens of thousands of students and teachers have taken to the streets of spain on the largest day of protests so far and make calls for the government to step aside spain's public sector is facing fresh cuts with the hits to the education expected to be nearly five billion euros polish mitt produce at artie's a rupee video agency spoke to some of the demonstrators. hundreds of people are gathered here in madrid to complain about cuts in education they are mostly students parents of students and teachers but the education is not their only concern they're also demanding the resignation of the government the government of money i know the whole has been accused of receiving bribes from private companies and opening bank accounts in switzerland looking at the people you can see burton's saying calling spain the last vegas of the european union and also complaining
about the lack of democracy that people are protesting and there is no solution to their complaints the salary of a teacher. if i have to pay a mortgage and everything i can to send two kids to university i will have the money and how is privatization in the educational sector hourman education in spain well they see everything us business no matter what you do it ok sure should be an occasion for people to make money out of it today don't see it as a public service or not you know the whole service is the same they save you get to live you have a problem you are a customer and you are you are good they are going to make money out of you it's just a reaction they did the money and everything to their budgets we have. no provision for the public system this has become a trademark of the spanish the most ration after every march the sweeping trucks come rapidly and sweep all the streets leaving no evidence that there was
a demonstration against the government. a budget battle in brussels as a fresh e.u. summit kicks off jus off the blocks traditional economic policy and seeing eye to eye with britain leading calls for cuts to the budget as fronts accuses the u.k. of hypocrisy on this just ahead. judy is bracing athol for a third straight day of street battles friday sees the funeral of a key opposition figure. is a fascination became a catalyst for the latest wave of anti-government fury the country's trade unions have also called a general strike to protest against the chill we believe murder which are some pin on the islamist leadership in the latest showdown police say used tear gas on a mob throwing stones angry protesters chanting and government slogans were trying to approach the country's interior ministry in the capital tunis actually its crew
was also caught up in the end west as a teaser maria from now reports temperatures are still very high and tensions are still at a very dangerous the very risky level the level that is threatening and challenging the security instability in this country protests have been continuing strong thursday we've seen many many people on the streets they've been many clashes between police and opposition supporters and again police has been using tear gas against protesters my crew and me we've been attacked by a group of youngsters we've just because we filmed them and that tells a lot of all to the situation on the ground we've been hearing about similar violence and similar disturbances throughout the country especially in the southern part of tunisia where the headquarters of the ruling party has been vandalised the protests may go even more violent intentions may go even further but there has been attempts to ease the tensions in the country from prime minister if the idea was to form a government that will not be affiliated to any political party no politics and government
but that is that this party dominated tunisia's governing coalition rejected. from ministers decision who can understand the reason an internal political crisis which is definitely to be very hard for this country to overcome this crisis. just parliament and the president out of power up following it back down on dissent and revelations of human rights abuses now suck us really has been prevented from making his annual address even though he's still president over details coming up. and fly of words that i speak i feel a gala show you round off a day of celebration in russia's black sea resort all sorts marking one year until the most expensive winter olympics and. the british government is trying to get its hands on private a weapon information it's a drone up with document referred to by some as a snoop is
a charter which looks to give us always more rights to spy on us citizens online is why concerns over an invasion of privacy serve further looks now adds whether such measures could enhance national security. the main area of concern surrounds this the draft communications data bill and proposals in it that critics say see the public left wide open to having their facebook accounts or twitter e-mails read anything that they visit online the websites that they gate logs by the government now understandably days or even hugely controversial with critics labeling it the snoop is charter now perhaps more concerning is the latest report by the intelligence and security committee maybe like to see a nationwide surveillance regime implemented now the government say that they need to do this to catch criminals and stop terrorism but there's lots of the members of the public saying where are safeguards when it comes to what we do online will seek
more about this i'm now joined by professor and sneakily to the director studies security and intelligence studies at the university of akron thank you very much for joining us you're in support of the draft communications data bill i heard you describe yourself at a recent talk. at the picnic if these fees and these proposals are so unpopular why are the government pushing them through all the time government is pushing them through because the government realizes that they're needed some thirty million people use the internet to communicate with each other each day in the united kingdom people in this country fully accept that more than one hundred years. their telephone conversations are likely to be mine if they're seen as a national security risk if there is a suspicion that a particular person is engaging serious organized crime sex trafficking or
terrorism the government can then institute through as a member of the public what if i do my emails for a well if you don't want your e-mails. norm being gauged any kind of illegal activity your e-mails wouldn't be pro if you want if you want complete privacy don't write any letters to your friends don't speak to them on the telephone and don't send them photographs of yourself in joking that can very much for joining us to fester and see if that has that is the solution maybe it's the time for a big log of things hey someone is actually watching surface. image is everything even the myth the continuing economic crisis you need a plan to spend millions on an online propaganda blitz aimed it enhancing the blocks reputation wise the use of social media to have more on that story as well as others when we come back.
we'll look at. sunny's technology innovation called in news developments from around russia we've gone to the future or covered. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom are welcome to the big picture. on. the news today violence is once again flared up.
these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. the giant corporations rule today. welcome back you're watching our n.t. aviators have sort of tough negotiations over the blogs the next budget valid for seven years from twenty fourteen the financial wrestling comes with u.k. prime minister david cameron in one corner leading calls for major spending cuts and crisis hit countries in the other parties has a silly explains what else makes the talks so complex. we've seen some of the leaders who had arrived here already making strong statements first of all david cameron continuously saying that if the budget is not brought down to a level that he is happy with there will be no deal we've heard from other
countries who are saying that they may use their veto if they are not happy such as the czech republic to simplify the vicar going on right now it would be between northern and southern countries you could say the wealthier nations versus those that actually depend more on the e.u. funding and on the one hand you have countries like the u.k. germany the netherlands denmark these countries are supporting harsher cuts to the e.u. budget david cameron being the most radical and controversial taking this step now he has been demanding since november last year in two thousand and twelve that was the first try today is the second try and since that until now he's been demanding for cuts in brussels bureaucracy for instance but on the other side you have those countries who are dependent on these forums and one of the loudest voices on this is of france also the u.k. is coming into this summit this is the first time since david cameron announced that in or out referendum that he said that he would pose the question of whether they should remain in the e.u.
twenty seventeen if he's reelected in twenty fifteen of course this is a possibility of a creating even more tension in the u.k. with the cost benefit of actually being a member of the e.u. interpreted by the other members as not being a team player in this regard and also as this talk is happening talking about budget cuts of the e.u. level we see the budget cuts on a more local ground level we've seen the protests continuing even until today people very angry at the cuts imposed on them on their livelihoods of their pensions on their potential jobs while the e.u. cannot agree upon a budget of their own. it said image is everything in politics and in these times of austerity the e.u. is eager to do whatever it takes to maintain a good reputation even if it means the spending big two million euro's have apparently been earmarked to spend on a p.r. war with online euro skeptics magill for raja from the u.k.
independence party things are such actions show the blog is no more than a banana republic they decided that they got to train in house staff in the run up to the european elections of twenty fourteen train those people to go online to look at facebook twitter and other social media sites and to correct that's their word not mine to correct any misapprehensions that may exist about the european union and i have to say the fact that it's a parliament that is doing this that is using taxpayers' money to do this says a lot about the institutions that all brought about parliaments is the person is it's him a chair of parliament he's the speaker in westminster he's the chairman you know the parliaments around the world but he has all the rest of the staff are supposed to be neutral they're not supposed to take any political position at all and the fact of the parliament decided he's going to spend money time and resources doing
this shows you that frankly they're no better than a banana republic this is all the mcgarvie would do or someone like that so i think many people outside would be shocked by it having worked there myself for thirteen years i'm not surprised at all they are really really scared they're scared that from north to south to east to west all over the european union citizens are saying we've never voted for this thing to become the united states of europe we've never asked to have the majority of our laws made somewhere else and we want to do something about it so they're scared and they're fighting back. online a key document in russia's recent history to disappear as the accord dictionary the soviet union's break up vanishes in bellary use sparking predictions that these might make a fortune. also alien life forms scientists claim that i galaxy contains billions of potentially happen to all planets read more on that at
r.t. dot com. the georgian parliament has postponed presence and will address to his minority refused to agree to a constitutional amendments removing his right to fire the government the president's party lost its grip on power in a recent parliamentary vote on a crackdown on protests and claims of human rights abuses against political prisoners artie's alexy or she has been hearing for his hand accounts. georgia has performed miracles we moved from being a failed state will be one of the top business destinations in the world while it would be high could be academic freedom according to the world bank i'll be number one fighter with corruption worldwide and many people started to believe in these dishes people started to believe them ocracy was because saakashvili is georgia really a beacon of democracy and freedom not from viewpoint when he's universities rectory refused to build a prayer room he helped organize
a ten thousand strong peaceful student rally but it ended with his arrest and sentence of four and a half yes behind bars. guards could just walk into our cell and start beating us for no reason the even twenty year old students in wheelchairs and prison one of the inmates went insane because they showed him footage of how was wife was being raped. georgie thought he was spending his time with murder isn't drug barons and stan he found himself among academics architects and write all jailed for having a different opinion to the country's leadership. works as an advisor to the minister of the penitentiary system and used to be classmates with saakashvili she believes the astonishing number of prisoners in georgia during his reign was to a large extent personally driven. which is what he had often been joked at in school he directed his revenge against his former classmates when he became president most of them were either stripped of their businesses are put to prison
in his presidency we've had twenty five thousand people in jail. weeks before last year's parliamentary vote news of a successful counterterrorism operation in eastern georgia made headlines eleven suspected militants from russia's north caucasus were killed but some said the whole thing was a hoax to discredit russia and in fact the slain men were georgians. first of all their weapons were american made second not. one of them fired off a single shot but it's not all the uniforms of the so-called fighters were brand new this was saakashvili plan he has sent his guys across the border into russia and then had them shot by the georgian police this was a set up just to frame russia shortly after that event a shocking video of prisoner abuse in georgian jails went viral and effectively diminished the president's party support by more than a half which lost both election and control over the country it's not yet known
where the second street will face prosecution over the prison torture allegations but for two hundred political prisoners the change of power meant the chance to walk free because saakashvili will formally remain as georgia's president until october but he's powers have already been transferred to the prime minister it's anyone who has already declared a national wide amnesty of political prisoners but experts say there was socialisation may take several more years saakashvili still tried to block the amnesty with furious comments. well i will not sign papers which will allow paedophiles and racists to walk free if you'll let the parliament claim responsibility for that but. r.t. reporting from belief in georgia. after a day of picture perfect celebrations the work in russia's winter olympics host city of sochi is in full swing once again the festive spirit is spread not only across russia but we say as far as the un headquarters in new york as it marked
a one year until the games r.t.s. ended far more reps up the moment of stay. six kids apprenticed instruction nothing so he sent on time straight into getting prepared for these games out last night some upbeat one year to get you can down it was a lavish ceremony here at the top of the fall which is also used to skating shit. going on stuff to the big business putting building you can see behind me that was all very impressive can you come tomorrow say well switched on across russia and if you mention there are a touchy feely experience people reach the mentality. if your fans pick it up come on cyanide the cheapest ones you can pick up some fifteen dollars if you're rich enough. to actually come pick up the tickets want to get me something like fifty dollars might have been a lobster date i'll be very impressed by it see myself be exposed to denny's in the running ninety's staggering sitting next to the table scraps the most whatever you
can stand not just yet to get a story to ski jumping center up in the mountains which you can see yourself. yana they are slightly behind showed you the budget for. a new member of the russian yesterday but overall the message is very positive this is needed except you don't just make it from the back seat you keep spinning and that just minutes ago i was fifteen degrees this will be the first woman to be. honest with your kids once told me people know really enjoyed it because it's so nice to get around and delete the copies stream. you can look around old benny's that we did about twenty minutes which basically make you watch something on the actual beat the killing your skating event and then if you want to see the same day you can get on the train within fifteen minutes you'll be up in the mountains to watch the get out kind of bed. coming up off the shelf break every moment and that means with experts